College Football Playoff, Bowl Game First Predictions, Lines

College Football Playoff, Bowl Game First Predictions, Lines

College Football Predictions

College Football Playoff, Bowl Game First Predictions, Lines

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Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

Monday, December 30
4:00 ET, ESPN, Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN
Mississippi State vs. Louisville

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: Let’s hope this is entertaining. Louisville might have clunked in a 45-13 loss to Kentucky to close things out, and Mississippi State is here helped by a wacky end zone “celebration” and a missed extra point. The Cardinals are playing with house money, and they’re going to be the far looser team.

First Thought Prediction: Louisville 31, Mississippi State 27
First Thought Line Guess: Mississippi State -3.5
Actual Initial Line: COMING
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Belk Bowl

Tuesday, December 31
12:00 ET, ESPN, Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
Virginia Tech vs. Kentucky

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: This is the bowl where SEC teams go to die. Virginia Tech was close to being Orange Bowl bound, and Kentucky finished the season solid. The ACC has won three straight, but the Wildcats have figured out how to survive without throwing a forward pass.

First Thought Prediction: Virginia Tech 27, Kentucky 20
First Thought Line Guess: Virginia Tech -6
Actual Initial Line: COMING
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Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl

Tuesday, December 31
2:00 ET, CBS, Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, TX
Florida State vs. Arizona State

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: This is sort of a big game for Herm Edwards. His team was okay this year, and then it closed out with the wins over Oregon and Arizona. However, after getting drop-kicked by Fresno State in last year’s bowl appearance, and now his Sun Devils are going against a mediocre  FSU team without its big toe. The coaching situation is going to be an issue for the Noles.

First Thought Prediction: Arizona State 34, Florida State 27
First Thought Line Guess: Arizona State -5.5
Actual Initial Line: Arizona State -5
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AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Tuesday, December 31
3:45 ET, ESPN, Liberty Bowl, Memphis, TN 
Navy vs. Kansas State

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: This Navy team is a little bit of alright. The running game is amazing, the Kansas State ground game is terrific, and between the two, this thing should take about 90 minutes to get through. K-State allowed fewer than 105 rushing yards in four of its last six games.

First Thought Prediction: Kansas State 30, Navy 17
First Thought Line Guess: Kansas State -3.5
Actual Initial Line: PICK
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